Monday, April 18, 2011

thank you ...

After last Monday's post where I referenced a Bible story I taught a few weeks ago in Children's Church, I started to think about a few other stories we've been learning lately.
The story of the 10 lepers popped into my head and seemed especially appropriate, following this particular weekend.

In case you're not familiar with the story ... there were these ten lepers (translation: ten guys covered in sores, caused by leprosy) walking along the road, when they came upon Jesus.  They knew that Jesus had healed people and performed miracles before, so they cried out to him to have mercy on them and heal them.  Jesus instructed them to go and present themselves to the priests (as though they had already been healed).  They followed Jesus' instructions, and while on the way to the priests, realized their skin had, indeed, been healed.

But that's not the end of the story.
After they had been healed, ONE of the ten lepers (the Samaritan) came back to thank Jesus.
Just one.
Kinda pathetic, huh?

This got me thinking ... would I have been the one?  Or one of the nine?
Well ... probably one of the nine.  {sigh}
How often do we get so busy in our lives that we forget to thank people for their time, their effort, their friendship, their impact in our lives .... let alone God, the one from whom all blessings flow!?

This past weekend, a man who brought many people to know the love of Jesus went to his heavenly home, following a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
I met Dale when I was six years old, and he came into my first grade classroom to take my class on a "squeegie hunt" (it's a Dale thing - but an unforgettable adventure:-).  I remember, at that young age, thinking "Wow!  That guy is SO cool!".

Lucky for me, I got to know Dale much better when I went on to attend - and then work - at Canyonview, the Christian kids camp where Dale served as director, for many years.
Dale taught me - and so many others - what a true and faithful servant of the Lord should be.  The love of Christ seemed to seep out of every piece of him, and he was one of the most selfless, genuine people I will ever have the pleasure of knowing.
His influence was GREAT in my life - not because he was physically present in my life (except for when I was a kid) - but because I simply had the pleasure of seeing him in action over the span of several years.  To witness him teach, interact, and impact others always left me feeling inspired and hopeful.   Probably for the same reason that I knew at six years old that he was someone to admire, respect, and look up to.

I'm sure Dale would have been the one leper to come back and thank Jesus.
And today, I know I join thousands of people - from all parts of the world - who are thanking God for the gift of Dale Price in our lives.
He may no longer be present with us on earth, but I know I will see him again someday ... where I will tell him thank you for the difference he made in my life.

"...then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." ~Colossians 2:6-7



  1. Nicely done Bec, I was going to try and post about Dale too, but not sure I can say it like that! Thanks, that is a great tribute!

  2. Sorry for your loss, Bec. He's in the arms of Jesus now and there's really no better place to be, right? :) xoxo

  3. We used that story in Sunday school a few ago, too. Its a great reminder, huh?

  4. Beautiful Bec, absoultely beautiful and so true!

  5. What a beautiful tribute to Dale. It's so wonderful to have such a fabulous example.

    My mom taught this story in her kid's Bible class years ago. When the kid's were heading home after class was over, one child came back to tell my mom thanks.

    Like Dale, we may never know of our impact on those little ones...Thanks for the reminder today! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wonderful tribute to an amazing man. Wish I could have met him.


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